Let me guess, summer is happening somewhere in the world and you are planning to get the most of the sun without harming your skin, correct? Stay with me because today I’m sharing with you great suggestions for an after sun skin care routine that I hope you will love!
But if you got a little extra excited and took a bit too long under the sun, bear with me because we’re gonna cover this as well. So, let’s take a look!
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After Sun Skin Care Routine
Have in mind that in order to potentialize your results, you also need to organize a pre-sun skincare routine as well, as it will prepare your skin to get a healthier long lasting tan.
Everybody should adopt a proper skincare routine, especially after sun, because the skin gets more sensitized after spending hours on the beach. You need to do a few things to prevent irritation, scabbing, hyper sensitivity and dryness.
Remember to do the after sun skincare, right after you get back home, this way you can assure your skin will get soft and smooth. Additionally, have a regular skincare routine to keep your skin more resistant to free-radical damages.
After Sun Facial Care
Once I get into the shower, I like to start washing my face, and I use a facial soap instead of general face and body soaps. After sun, I like to use a gentle soap that is also able to remove the sunscreen.
I like to use the Vichy facial bar or the Chanel cleanser, that seems to work well so far and never gave-me problems. But you can opt for products that contain aloe vera which is cooling and antioxidant and ideal for after sun.
After that I proceed to shower, as I share in the after sun body care session below, and once I am finished with shower, I apply hyaluronic acid and niacinamide serum.
I end up with my facial there but I know most people will prefer to add a moisturizer after applying serums, you can get products that contain aloe vera, coconut and green tea to reduce possible redness and irritations.
After Sun Body Care
1. Taking Your Shower
Once you get back from the sun, have a short and cold shower and use a moisturizing bar soap, creamy or gel body cleanser. For the face, use your normal facial cleanser.
Take notice that hydrating cleansers are not the same as a regular shower gel. They may be a little more expensive, but it is a good idea to have them, to get the moisture back in place.
Also, avoid hot showers, because the skin normally gets sensitized after sun, tending to come dry and prone to irritation. For this reason, the best option is to opt for colder showers.
To get dried, use a soft tower and do not rub it onto your face to avoid friction and irritation. Gently tap the towel on your body until dry.
2. Hydrating Your Skin
After sun exposure, it is possible that your skin gets dry. If you have sensitive skin, you may feel the skin gets oversensitive. I like to use lotions after sun exposure because they are lightweight and provide delicate care.
It is a great idea to opt for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant moisturizers that contain chamomile that is calming or aloe vera that can prevent irritations such as redness and inflammation.
Moisturizers that are rich in Niacinamide can also help in case of inflammation and redness. Additionally, products that contain vitamins A, C and E have a reparative effect after the sun.
Once you apply your moisturizer, you can wait for 15 minutes before getting dressed, this way your skin can absorb the product really well before getting in contact with the clothing fabric.
Sunburn After Sun Skin Care
Now, if it’s a bit too late and you already had a sunburn, here are a few things that you can do to help you alleviate the situation but if you feel that it is too bad, you should look for a doctor.
When you apply sunscreen but forget to re-apply it throughout the time you are under the sun you can get some redness. The recommendation is the same as I have shared so far.
Avoid hot showers, use hydrating products that contain aloe vera, vitamins and calming ingredients. So keep your skin hydrated and drink a lot of water.
From now on, always protect the affected area and the entire body with sunscreens, opt for an SPF higher than 30 to prevent dark spots, and avoid sun exposure until you are healed.
If your skin gets scabbed, hydrate your skin more and keep using the sunscreen. If you feel discomfort and itchiness, you can use ointment to alleviate it.
How To Avoid Sunburn?
The best protection to avoid sunburn is to apply plenty of sunscreen. To have your skin even more protected, make sure it is healthy and hydrated by adopting a regular skin care routine, a healthy diet and drinking lots of water to create an internal barrier.
Tips To Help You Protect Your Skin
Use Thermal water
The thermal water has a powerful hydrating effect. Before reapplying your sunscreen, you can take the time to spray thermal water on your face a few instants before reapplication.
An antioxidant diet is great to protect you from free radicals that may be caused by the sun. Also, ailments such as carrot, can give you a natural glowy skin color, when used regularly.
You can consume more beta carotene fruits and vegetables such as carrot, beet root, red fruits, citrus fruits, pumpkin, brocolis, for example.
Hydrate Your Skin
It is important to have a consistent skincare routine, that you can start from now on. The habit of hydrating your skin, delays signs of age, and protects your skin barrier to get more resistant to external factors.
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